"Battle of the Planets" had a huge impact on me. I think I saw it even before "Thundarr the Barbarian" started. I had a very warped understanding of the show - I thought that it was meant to depict a kind of sinister death squad, rather than a heroic team of paladins. Why else would "fearless young orphans" be selected? "Always five, acting as one" could mean wholesome teamwork, but to me it suggested a kind of fanaticism.Later on, I found the original Japanese "Gatchaman," which was a little bit more reassuring than Sandy Frank's version.
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